Fitness Together Portsmouth Launches Type 2 Diabetes Study

Wednesday, September 22, 2010

Local residents are invited to participate

Some of the newest clients exercising at area Fitness Together in Portsmouth are doing more than stepping on a scale to chart their progress. They're giving blood.

They are part of a type 2 diabetes observational study being conducted by area Fitness Together studios to examine the impact of a 26-week individualized fitness training program. Regular blood glucose tests with a small prick on the finger are as important as exercise in measuring safe success.

"Diabetes is a major health issue affecting more than 24 million Americans, and our franchisees have told us they are happy to have a chance to make a difference," says Jeff Jervik, president and CEO of Fitness Together Holdings, Inc.

Fitness Together studios are welcoming a minimum of 50 subjects to the program and will share the results with the American Diabetes Association (ADA) of Eastern New England where the Fitness Together franchise group is also the Official Health and Fitness Sponsor for the ADA's Step Out: Walk to Fight Diabetes.

In one of the largest research projects of its kind, 42 Fitness Together studios have assembled across Massachusetts and Rhode Island to enlist men and women over the age of 30 who have been clinically diagnosed with type 2 diabetes and are more than 30 pounds overweight. They will be monitored by a Certified Diabetes Educator as well as Fitness Together studio personal trainers.

From September through February, the Fitness Together studios will chart weight loss and conduct A1c tests, which measure one's average blood glucose level and helps track if people are at risk of complications owing to uncontrolled diabetes. The studios will also track blood pressure, medication use and sense of well-being before and after test results and look for indicators of significant health improvements from the clients. People with type 2 diabetes who wish to be part of the study can locate participating studios at www. FT Gets Results. com.

Each client who signs up for the type 2 diabetes study must be cleared by a doctor to exercise and must agree to six-months of observation for the following: * Resistance training three times a week with a personal trainer in the studio.

* Cardiovascular exercise a minimum of three times a week in the studio.

* An initial fitness evaluation followed by fitness re-tests every six weeks.

* Documenting of all meals in a nutrition journal.

* Frequent blood glucose checks at Fitness Together.

In the help to fight diabetes, the Fitness Together studio franchise owners have also pledged to raise a minimum of $40,000 for the ADA Eastern New England Chapter. To join the cause, you can make a donation at participating studios.

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